30 March 2012

My Olympic legacy manifesto

By Boris Johnson"Value from the Olympics" - Boris Johnson's Olympics Manifesto

Today I'm launching my Olympics manifesto and I wanted you to be one of the first to read it.

This year the capital will experience a summer like no other.

London will become the first city in history to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games three times. It is also the first host city in history to finish building the Olympic stadium a year early – not just ahead of time, but under budget.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are about far more than just six weeks of amazing sport. I have worked to ensure they will lead to lasting economic, social and sporting benefits for London. I have ensured that these are the first Games where a host city has been building in the legacy from the beginning.

However, seven years ago we may have won the Games, but there was a real risk the opportunity they present would be squandered. Costs had quadrupled. There was no legacy plan. Taxpayers’ money was being wasted on unnecessary venues which would have become white elephants, while great venues across the capital were being under-utilised or ignored.

I have worked with the Olympic authorities to turn this around. I have co-chaired the Olympic Board, overseeing the entire project. I promised to keep costs low, and the Games will not cost London council taxpayers a penny more than pledged. I scrapped unnecessary new venues and used existing venues across the capital, saving tens of millions of pounds and ensuring all parts of London feel part of the Games. I put in place a credible legacy plan, creating thousands of jobs, ensuring a major economic boost to the capital.

I will go further:

  • I will guarantee that the Olympic Legacy does not cost Londoners a penny more on their council tax.
  • I will also ensure absolute transparency as the legacy plans transfer to the Mayor, requiring all expenditure to be published so Londoners know how money is being spent.
  • I will make sure that after the closing ceremony all Londoners continue to benefit from the hard work and investment of the last four years. That is why, using new powers secured from the Government, I have set up a new Mayoral Development Corporation to take responsibility for the Olympic Park. This will reduce the number of bodies involved, bringing focus and safeguarding the economic legacy of the Games by implementing our detailed plans to build 11,000 new homes and create 10,000 new jobs.
  • I will use my good strong relations with the businesses community to make use the Games venues with strong interest in taking on some of the venues, including the Olympic Stadium.
  • And I will explore creating a new science institute in the Olympic Park, to boost London’s hi-tech economy, including lobbying for the proposed Cell Therapy Technology and Innovation Centre to be located there.

We have made progress despite difficult times. At the Mayoral election on 3rd May this progress is at risk. The choice at this election is between a plan to ensure a true Olympic legacy that keeps costs low and putting the legacy at risk by cutting investment and damaging the city's international reputation.

Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, housing, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, sport | Tags: Legacy, London 2012, Olympics, Paralympics

29 March 2012

Boris opens International SOS HQ

Boris was in Gunnersbury this afternoon to open the new global headquarters of International SOS and welcome them to the capital.

Speaking at the opening, he highlighted the importance of bringing investment to London. Point 3 of Boris Johnson’s Greater London Plan is to create 200,000 jobs over the next four years and it is important that businesses match Boris’s optimism for London.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Gunnersbury, International sos, Point 3

28 March 2012

Investing in London's high streets

Boris Johnson was in Harrow, Hillingdon and Ealing today, speaking to local residents about his 9 point plan for a Greater London.

At the Harrow Skills Centre - a partnership between Harrow College and the Local Education Authority that provides vocation training for 14-19 year olds - Boris spoke about point 6 of his 9 point plan: pledging to invest £221 million to transform local high streets and support small businesses.

Boris Johnson was in Harrow, Hillingdon and Ealing today, speaking to local residents about his 9 point plan for a Greater London.

At the Harrow Skills Centre - a partnership between Harrow College and the Local Education Authority that provides vocation training for 14-19 year olds - Boris spoke about point 6 of his 9 point plan: pledging to invest £221 million to transform local high streets and support small businesses.

Boris Johnson was in Harrow, Hillingdon and Ealing today, speaking to local residents about his 9 point plan for a Greater London.

At the Harrow Skills Centre - a partnership between Harrow College and the Local Education Authority that provides vocation training for 14-19 year olds - Boris spoke about point 6 of his 9 point plan: pledging to invest £221 million to transform local high streets and support small businesses.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London | Tags: Apprenticeships, Ealing, Greenford, Harrow, High streets, Hillingdon, Jobs, Ruislip, Skills

26 March 2012

My Transport Manifesto

Today I am launching my transport manifesto. It's a critical part of my 9 point plan for a Greater London.

A world class city should have a world class transport system that is safe, efficient, economical and reliable. A transport system that uses modern technology to meet the changing needs of Londoners and to guarantee long term sustainable lower fares.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Boris bikes, Boris johnson, Buses, Congestion, Crossrail, Cycle hire, Freedom pass, Investment, Manifesto, Rail, Roadworks, Suburban rail, Transport, Tube, Unions

23 March 2012

Which? hails Boris’s rail investment

A rail passenger survey by Which? Magazine shows that London Overground has been voted the most improved commuter company, a ringing endorsement of Boris Johnson’s management of and investment in the line. Southeastern railway, which the Mayor proposes to takeover with his plans for suburban rail, came bottom of the table – showing how needed his improvements are.

The results come on the day Boris visited Clapham Junction, which would benefit from his plans for extending London's first orbital rail network. This independent survey is also a boost for point 8 of Boris’s 9 point plan for Greater London: reducing tube delays by 30% by 2015, building Crossrail and an orbital rail to link our suburbs, and extending the bike hire scheme.

The survey results come just days after the Budget which revealed how Boris Johnson is on track to secure vital improvements to suburban rail services, including longer trains and upgraded stations, following successful negotiations with Government. This clearly demonstrates that Boris Johnson is the only candidate in this election who can deliver a better deal for London from No 10 – point 9 of his 9 point plan.

Boris Johnson said: “This survey is conclusive proof that Londoners are benefitting from our plans for extending the overground, and creating London’s first orbital rail network.

“This is another boost after the Chancellor recognised the competent and cost effective government at City Hall and that Ken Livingstone's era of waste and mismanagement is over.”

Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Clapham junction, Orbital rail, Overground, Rail, Southeastern, Suburban rail, Which?

23 March 2012

Join the BackBoris Battle Bus!

By Taz Campbell, Tower Hamlets

I have a confession to make: I'm addicted to the Back Boris Borough Battle Bus!

What did it? Simple: Who we are and what we love.

My first trip on the Boris Bus came on Wednesday to Brent. I wasn't sure what or whom to expect when I arrived, but as we boarded and drove off, it became clear that we were in for a day of hard work and great fun.

And then, the Mayor joined us. As usual...he was on fire! The atmosphere was great and fueled by our group's enthusiasm.

We came in different colours, genders, accents, lifestyles and sizes. We were white, black and everything in between. We came from as far away as Essex and Los Angeles, dressed in suits, in jeans, in skirts. Women, men, UK-born, overseas-born, gay, straight - our languages were many, our message was one: Back Boris and his 9 point plan to secure a Greater London.

We love London with all our hearts.

So I'm getting back on the bus next Wednesday and I hope to meet even more of you and share in a great day of a common goal...loving London even more.

Love London? Back Boris 2012 and join us on the bus!

Tomorrow: http://www.backboris2012.com/events/details/BusMar24
Monday: http://www.backboris2012.com/events/details/BusMar26

Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Battle bus, Get involved

22 March 2012

A Budget for London's commuters

Boris Johnson was at Wimbledon station today discussing vital improvements to suburban rail services, including longer trains and upgraded stations.

The Mayor is on track to secure these improvements – foreshadowed in yesterday’s Budget – following successful negotiations with Government.

The Budget backed Boris’s long-term plan to improve suburban rail services for the millions of the capital’s commuters who rely on them, by helping to deliver longer trains on key commuter routes and increased capacity at suburban rail stations.

Point 9 of Boris’s 9 point plan for Greater London is pledging to secure a better deal from Number 10 and this Budget demonstrates he’s the best candidate to lobby –and deliver – for Londoners.

Boris Johnson said: “Millions of Londoners rely on suburban rail services every day and they will attest that the service does not always meet expectation.

“By working constructively with Government we secured £22billion to upgrade the Tube and build Crossrail, despite the tough economic conditions, and that vital investment is already having an impact on cutting delays, speeding up Londoners’ daily journeys and growing London’s economy.

“Yesterday’s announcement means we are now on track to secure the investment which will transform suburban rail service, including longer trains and upgraded stations, and I look forward to working constructively with Government to deliver those improvements.”

The new commitments build on Boris Johnson’s success in securing £22 billion to invest in London's transport, including funding for Crossrail and the Tube upgrades.

Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: 9 point plan, Budget, Commuting, Point 9, Rail, Suburban rail

21 March 2012

This Budget backs London

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to the House of Commons.

This is a Budget for jobs, growth and investment. It will make London more competitive and more attractive to business.

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to the House of Commons.

This is a Budget for jobs, growth and investment. It will make London more competitive and more attractive to business.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London, quality of life, transport, youth | Tags: 9 point plan, Budget, Infrastructure, Investment, Jobs, Rail, Skills, Suburban rail

21 March 2012

Why Polish Londoners should register to vote

By Przemek Skwirczynski, Conservative Friends of Poland

Weź sprawy w swoje ręce i zdecyduj, kto będzie rządził Londynem przez kolejne cztery lata!

Szczególnie Ci z nas, którzy przyjechali do Londynu w trakcie ostatniej dekady są często zbyt zapracowani i zajęci rodziną, żeby pamiętać o czynnym udziale w lokalnych wyborach, pomimo, że jako Polacy wszyscy jesteśmy uprawnieni do glosowania.  Żeby ułatwić rejestrację wyborców Electoral Commission (tzn. Komisja Wyborcza) stworzyła portal www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. Oczywiście nadal możemy rejestrować się w tradycyjny sposób, zapisując się na Electoral Roll, czego można dokonać poprzez Council (Urząd Dzielnicowy) – pocztą lub poprzez stronę internetową Urzędu.

Jesteśmy bardzo liczną i rozpoznawalną mniejszością w Londynie i możemy mieć rzeczywisty wpływ na władzę w mieście. Co więcej, uważam, że jak najbardziej powinniśmy tę siłę wykorzystać i spowodować wybór najbardziej korzystnego dla nas kandydata. W końcu ogromna większość z nas ciężko pracuje – czy to prowadząc własne interesy, czy będąc zatrudnionymi w firmach – a zatem płaci podatki, o rozgospodarowaniu których możemy właśnie decydować oddając głosy w wyborach. Ponadto, pokolenie Polaków, które przyjechało do Londynu w trakcie ostanich lat, zakłada obecnie rodziny, a więc nagle sprawy szkolnictwa, bezpieczeństwa, czystości, czy transportu zaczynają mieć dla nas większe znaczenie. O tych sprawach również decydują władze lokalne – w naszym przypadku Mer Londynu.

Podsumowując, do 18. kwietnia możemy rejestrować się na liście wyborców do majowych wyborów Mera Londynu, ale żeby uniknąć komplikacji proponuję rejestrować się już. Poza tym, jeżeli chcecie, podobnie jak ja, by Londyn nadal wspierał przedsiębiorczość, żeby podatki ( w tym council tax) były utrzymywane na poziomie minimalnym, żeby było bezpieczniej poprzez zwiększoną obecność policji, żeby szkoły stawały się coraz lepsze i inwestowano więcej w miejski transport – wtedy zapoznajcie się bardziej szczegółowo z obecnymi dokonaniami oraz programem Borisa na kolejne cztery lata.

 

English translation:

Take matters into your own hands and decide who will run London for the next four years!

Although as Poles we are all entitled to vote, we often find that we are too busy with work or family matters to remember to take part in the local elections – this may be especially true of those of us who came to live in London over the past decade. With that in mind and in order to facilitate the registration of voters the Election Commission has created a portal called www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. We can of course still register in traditional ways - by enrolling on the Electoral Roll - either by post, or through our local council website.

We are a very large and visible minority in London and as such we could have a real impact on the city’s authorities. I believe that we should take advantage of this strength and influence the election of the candidate who is most aligned with our needs. Vast majority of us work hard running our own businesses or working for companies, and hence contributing a lot in tax revenues - we can decide on how these are spent by casting our votes in elections. Moreover, the generation of young Poles who came to London over the recent years may now or soon be starting their families, which is why such matters as education, safety, clean streets and transport are gaining importance. These issues are largely a responsibility of the local authorities - in our case: the Mayor of London.

In summary, you can register to vote on 3 May 2012 London Mayor elections by 18 April, but to avoid disappointment I advise you to register now. Besides, if (like me) you want London to welcome entrepreneurship, with taxes (including council tax) kept at minimum, better safety due to increased police presence, proper schools and an increased investment in London’s transport, then take a closer look at the to-date achievements and Boris’s programme for the next four years.

Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, Electoral roll, Get involved, London, Poles, Polish, Vote

21 March 2012

New name, same Boris

'In 2008 Boris Johnson promised the most transparent administration in Britain after years of cronyism and maladministration in City Hall.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Digital, New media, Social media, Twitter

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